Heavy snowfall on Monday caused massive traffic congestion in the mountains of Gangwon Province. Hundreds of vehicles were stranded on freeways and accidents abounded.
A portion of the Donghae Expressway near Sokcho was blocked, and motorists were stranded for up to six hours at the Misiryeong Pass connecting Sokcho and Inje.
Some 55.3 cm of snow fell in the Misiryeong Valley, 51.3 cm in Jinburyeong Pass, 39.1 cm in northern Gangneung and 23 cm in Yangyang. Weather officials issued a heavy snow warning in Goseong, Sokcho, Yangyang and Gangneung at 3 p.m., and highway personnel blocked entry to freeways starting at 4:40 p.m. to clear snow.
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